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Mid-Season Quiz; Cleveland Catchers

Alright I guess I goofed on the last post. I had meant this to be a Tribe feature only. So ......

Time to restart an old feature that InfiniteMonkeyTypists had done last year; a weekly, or bi-weekly quiz.

Now my data may not be as exciting or as in depth (at least initially) as IMT, but am just trying to keep the mood light by searching through your Cleveland baseball memories.

So let's start by naming the Top 25 catchers by games played (not counting 2012 games). No cheating by pulling searches from BRef!!! Guess the player and approximate spot in the Top 25.

Rank

Player

Games Played

1

Jim Hegan (1941-1942, 1946-1957)

1491

2

Steve O'Neill (1911-1923)

1340

3

Sandy Alomar (1990-2000)

950

4

Luke Sewell (1921-1932, 1939)

941

5

Victor Martinez (2002-2009)

684

6

Glenn Myatt (1923-1935)

653

7

Frankie Pytlak (1932-1940)

597

8

Harry Bemis (1902-1910)

588

9

Ray Fosse (1967-1972, 1976-1977)

577

10

Joe Azcue (1963-1969)

561

11

John Romano (1960-1964)

537

12

Ron Hassey (1978-1984)

523

13

Chris Bando (1981-1988)

454

14

Einar Diaz (1996-2002)

453

15

Nig Clarke (1905-1910)

435

16

Duke Sims (1964-1970)

399

17

Andy Allanson (1986-1989)

393

18

Rollie Hemsley (1938-1941)

377

19

Kelly Shoppach (2006-2009)

289

20

Russ Nixon (1957-1960)

257

21

Joel Skinner (1989-1991)

227

22

Dave Duncan (1973-1974)

220

23

Ted Easterly (1909-1912)

214

24

Buddy Rosar (1943-1944)

212

25

Gene Desautels (1941-1943, 1945)

203

Postscript

As long as I didn't goof in loading my data (pretty easy to do since their is 112 years worth of data), it looks to be 161 different guys who spent at least one game behind the dish. As we see above, only 25 (27 after 2012) of them cracked the 200 game barrier. We have 22 guys (soon to be 20) with between 100 and 200 games, which leaves 113 with less than 100 games.

With Hegan and O'Neill both catching 1300+ games (doubtful to ever be broken), that enabled the bottom of the list to get some backups on it.

Some of the more interesting guys not noted in the comments include Josh Bard, Pat Borders, Tim Laker, Birdie Tebbetts, Eddie Taubensee; future managers Al Lopez, Doc Edwards and Del Crandall. Famed Negro Leaguer Cleveland Buckeye Quincy Trouppe got into 6 games. Jeff Manto caught 5 games. The other Cliff Lee (Clifford walker) caught 3 games as did boy wonder Lou Boudreau. And last but not least, the player with the best stats ever in a Tribe uniform. Jamie Quirk got into one game and hit a grand slam in his sole Indian at bat.

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